Amazon Web Services recently hosted Database Architecture Week at the AWS San Francisco Pop-Up Loft. Guests learned how to implement AWS tools and were also introduced to MongoDB Atlas in a session that I led. Distributed database systems and the underlying architectures they use was the hot topic, which meant I was extremely fortunate to get the invitation to talk with everyone about MongoDB Atlas.
First of all, the space was amazing; the AWS team has put together an incredible aesthetic — everything from the copy of The Beatles Abbey Road on the wall to the giant CODE HAPPY sign.
Some of the attendees already had some prior knowledge or exposure to MongoDB, but during the 20 minutes or so that I presented, I was able to explain the explosion in popularity of the database amongst developers and ops professionals. Developers love discussing their software and achievements. When you review this graphic below, it’s evident how much people love discussing MongoDB and the projects they’ll built with it. When you consider other major players who have been building databases for nearly 20+ years, it's quite spectacular how many people are putting their trust in MongoDB.
After giving a brief explanation on our rich query language, document flexibility and aggregation framework, I spoke about MongoDB Atlas, which was easily the star of the discussion. MongoDB Atlas is our fully managed database as a service platform that provides users with an easy way to start building apps with a fast, secure, and redundant database system; great for both rookies and veterans of MongoDB.
One of the key points of the discussion explained how many organizations no longer want to focus their energies on hardware acquisition and implementation. Because of cloud technologies like MongoDB Atlas, operational burdens are greatly reduced, allowing you to spend more time on building software and less time on keeping the lights on, so to speak.
My favorite parts of presenting are always the Q&A and being able to people 1-on-1. One of my favorite conversations came from a developer who asked me, "How do you get people to learn more about your software?" We talked about MongoDB University and all the free courses we've made available to our users. I also discussed some personal experiences where I’ve used MongoDB to find ways to learn new things about myself. I explained how I was able to take my Twitter account, export the data provided into a CSV, and import all of it directly into MongoDB Atlas. I got to query on certain subjects using the aggregation framework and found some moments in time I wished I could relive. One developer really appreciated this idea and mentioned that he was going to introduce it to a nephew who's currently a computer science student.
As the evening came to a close, it was time for me to head out, but not before I gave out some Rubik’s Cubes and MongoDB Atlas credits! I had a few more conversations with some brilliant people, including a woman who wanted to attend our MongoDB World in Chicago this year to further her knowledge and meet others building new and huge things. Hope to see her there!
My next stop — AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas.
Join me there and we can chat about MongoDB Atlas and the incredible things people are building with it.
About the Author - Jay Gordon
Jay Gordon is a Technical Account Manager with MongoDB and is available via our chat to discuss MongoDB Cloud Products at https://cloud.mongodb.com